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5 Ways to Revive a Stale Listing

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5 Ways to Revive a Stale Listing

You haven’t had a showing in weeks and you don’t know why? Here is a quick checklist for your listing… and some ideas on getting more eyeballs, showing appointments and of course an offer on that property!

1. PRICE

Price… That is always the number 1 go to whenever a listing isn’t being shown… The market is constantly changing so redo those comps and see if anything new has hit the market, sold or gone under contract. Make sure to truly compare other active and contingent properties to your listing as if you were a buyer. Compare price per sq ft, upgrades, curb appeal, and everything else about a property to see why a buyer would chose yours over the other active properties in the area.

2. PHOTOS

Did you use professional photos? What do your photos look like? My biggest pet peeve is non – professional photos, all of my agents knows this. To me, not only is this crucial for displaying your listing in the best possible way, it is also representing you and the way you do business! As a buyer choosing an agent I know that I would be checking out any agent I am considering by checking out how they are marketing their other listings (regardless of price)! Your listings are representing you, your business as well as any listings you have. Make sure you are showcasing your listing in the absolute best way and using a professional photographer who knows the way to capture this is my #2 (Pretty close to #1)

3. FEEDBACK

Make sure you are looking at the Feedback from other agents and buyers about the property and discussing this with your Sellers. More often then not we are looking at our listings from a REALTOR view versus a Buyers view and this feedback is crucial for the sale of your listing. Whether it is pricing, smell, paint, curb appeal, layout, clutter, etc. Make sure to address the small things that you can improve with little to no money.

4. MARKETING

What are you doing as far as marketing? Yes, your listing goes into the MLS which will feed the listing everywhere. However, you have many other opportunities that are free or advertising at a minimal cost! For example, at RE/MAX Elite you could take advantage of the marketing material that gets emailed to you automatically (property website, flyers, postcards, social posts, youtube video, adwerx FREE web&social ads) as well as property landing pages you can use for Facebook Advertising and we also have several agents always looking to advertise your listing for you! If you want some help with advertising and marketing your listing, contact Heather and she will send out an email to our lead team and they will advertise your listing to try and bring you a buyer! Win Win!!! Don’t forget we have a Listing Checklist, check that out as well for some marketing ideas!

5. OPEN HOUSE / BROKER OPEN

If all of the above is great and the listing is still stale OR you have made improvements to the home and need to get the Agents / Buyers back in for another look, consider doing an Open House or a Broker Open! Partner up with a Lender and / or Title Company to help you with the cost of food, games and marketing to reach the maximum amount of people! Make sure to get feedback from everyone who attends! Check out our Open House Checklist, make it a MEGA Open House by inviting the neighbors over for an exclusive sneak peek! Even better, knock on the doors with a flyer to the neighbors to invite them!


Overall, make sure to look at every aspect of your listing from a Buyers perspective to analyze why you are not getting showings! Some items will be a quick fix but some things like location, curb appeal, uniqueness, repairs, etc of course will make the property harder to sell because you will be looking for a very specific buyer.. but hey, you may be able to target that ideal buyer with a facebook ad! If you are looking for more information, guidance or help, set up your appointment with Heather today!


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